complete championship weekend with win over Anderson
Indiana Tournament MVP Eric Stirling scored at the
buzzer to lift Wilmington College to a 50-49 win over Anderson
University in the championship game of the Anders
Wilmington (2-0), the win was more a result of effort than
efficiency. The Quakers struggled early at the offensive end,
scoring just 15 first-half points.
was crazy. The biggest thing that we did was play hard, but
if you play hard, good things will happen for us," WC coach
Scott Reule said. "We were taking bad shots. We were shooting
23-foot, 24-foot three-pointers guarded because they were
playing a 1-2-2 matchup. Our guys just werenıt making things
The Quakers erased an eight-point deficit by scoring nine
straight points to open the second half. Stirling (Brooklyn,
N.Y./LaSalle Academy) and Nick Berter (Cincinnati/Reading)
made layups, followed by a Josh Rohrbacher (Columbus/Beechcroft)
three-pointer. Justin Gainesı (Columbus/Africentric) penetration
move ended at the rim, giving WC a 24-23 lead at 15:47.
the remainder of the game, the lead changed hands 14 times,
with each teamıs biggest lead reaching three points. After
a dismal 19 percent first-half performance from the field,
the Quakers connected on 53 percent (14-of-26) of their second-half
field goal attempts, and hit seven-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Rohrbacher and Zach Broermann (Brookville, Ind./Franklin County)
hit a pair of treys each, and Stirling, Josh Walters (Cincinnati/Elder)
and Gaines added three-pointers.
"Our biggest change was we put the ball on the floor, made
them help, and then pitched it and got threes from 19-feet,
nine inches instead of 23-feet. When we shoot from 19-9 weıll
make them; when we shoot from 23 we wonıt," Reule said.
game came down to the final eight seconds, with Wilmington
trailing 49-48 and Stirling ready to save the day.
"Zach Broermann came off a ball screen, kind of hesitated,
and tried to go by, and when he did he slipped to one knee,"
Reule said. "Eric made a hard cut to the ball. Zach hit Eric;
he went baseline and scored."
Quakers turned in another solid defensive effort, holding
6-9 freshman Nick Rogers and J.D. Clampitt to 10 and seven
points, respectively. The frontcourt duo combined for 53 points
in the Ravensı 99-95 win over Thomas More Friday.
"Nick Rogers is amazing. Heıs very hard to hold," Reule said.
"But as good players as he and Clampitt are, we held them
down. I told the guys if we play defense and work hard, good
things are going to happen for us."
led all scorers with 12 points. Rohrbacher, who was named
to the all-tournament team, scored nine for WC, and Broermann
added six. The Quakersı bench, which outscored Defianceıs
non-starters 22-0 Friday, outscored their Anderson counterparts
19-8. Gaines and Sam Lahmers ( scored seven points each in
strong efforts off the WC bench. Reule also praised the solid
play of Walters, who scored three points and handed out a
team-high four assists.
"I think we grew up big-time this weekend," Reule said. "Defiance
and Anderson are both picked to finish low in their leagues,
but they are good teams. Like weıve said from the beginning,
for us to get better youıve got to get confidence, and youıre
going to get confidence by winning basketball games and feeling
like youıre good."